The African American Day Parade is always held in New York City on the third Sunday in September. The parade starts in Harlem on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (former Seventh Avenue). Harlem often called the Black Capital of America, is a symbolic place to hold this national parade that is aimed to recognize and celebrate African American culture and its contributions. Pre-parade performances are usually held from noon, while the parade starts at 1 pm.
One of the largest African American culture parades in the United States features thousands of participants, community and political leaders, religious organizations, civil servants, celebrities, marching bands, dancers and many more. There are over 200 participating organizations in the parade that are viewed by 900,000 people every year.
The African American Day Parade starts on 111th Street and marches on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. until 136th Street. Spectators can view the parade between 116th and 136th Streets on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd or at the reviewing stand located on125th Street in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building. The parade was founded in 1968 by local community leaders to honor African American heritage, talents and accomplishments. It is attended by many African-American celebrities, politicians and community leaders.
African American Day Parade runs only one day a year, but Harlem may be explored at any other time suitable for you. The best way to learn the history, heritage, and soul of the Black Mecca is to join a tour.